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What causes rabbits to go limp?
This may be due to malabsorption or low dietary level. Hypothermia – A decrease in body temperature is often a secondary complication to many conditions, from gut stasis to spinal trauma. Hypotension – Low blood pressure is common in collapsed rabbits for many reasons, from gut stasis to heart disease.
What to do if Bunny is limping?
When to contact your vet
Contact your vet immediately if you notice your rabbit limping or not moving normally. It is especially important to see a vet quickly if they have also stopped eating. You know your rabbit best. If you are concerned it's always best to contact your vet.
Why is my bunny limp and not moving?
It is never a good sign when a rabbit is limp, even if still breathing. It usually means they are experiencing extreme injury or illness and need to see a vet as soon as possible.
Can bunnies sprain their leg?
Sprains, strains, and other soft-tissue injuries may cause your rabbit to limp. A fracture or dislocation may outwardly look similar to a soft tissue injury but surgery is not needed.
Is my rabbits leg broken?
As rabbits' bones are brittle, they may shatter when they break, making repair more complex. The first sign that a rabbit may have a broken leg is they suddenly start to limp. They may also show signs of pain including a hunched posture, shallow breathing, lethargy, or reluctance to move at all.
Can rabbits recover from floppy bunny syndrome?
The majority of rabbits affected by floppy rabbit syndrome will recover within 2 to 7 days, and it appears that the severity of the condition does affect the length of recovery time.
Why can’t my bunny stand up?
Paresis is defined as slight or partial paralysis. Unfortunately, companion rabbits sometimes suffer paresis of the hind limbs that makes them unable to stand with those legs, and to locomote normally. For a complete overview of this condition, read Hind Limb Weakness in the Rabbit by Susan Brown, D.V.M.
Why is my rabbit can’t walk?
Diseases like cancer and spinal osteoarthritis can wear down the components of the spinal cord over time and inhibit the ability of the rabbit to move its hind legs. Parasitic, bacterial, and fungal infections can cause a number of disorders that can lead to weakness or paralysis in rabbits.
Do bunnies flop when they are sick?
When a rabbit is extremely ill or dying, it will first stop eating and drinking. When its condition becomes critical, it may flop over onto its side. However, this won't be a leisurely or comfortable “roll” onto its side. A sick rabbit will literally 'flop' or drop in a haphazard and sometimes dramatic fashion.